KQED Continues In-depth Election Coverage with "Science At the Ballot Box"

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A Television Special Exploring Controversial Science-Related Issues Facing Voters Premiering on Friday, October 24

San Francisco, CA - KQED’s local television news and science programs, KQED NEWSROOM and QUEST, join efforts to examine the science behind some of the key issues that will be decided on in the upcoming November 4 election: fracking, water conservation and the labeling of genetically engineered food. Science at the Ballot Box, a half-hour television special, will air twice on KQED Public Television 9, first on KQED NEWSROOM on Friday, October 24, at 8 pm, and again, on QUEST on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 pm.

“We thought it was important to bring California voters a program that looks at the underlying science in some of the complex and contentious energy, water and food-related measures in the upcoming election,” says Gabriela Quirós, QUEST television producer.

The half-hour special hosted by NEWSROOM’s Thuy Vu, looks at
•an initiative in San Benito County that asks that county’s voters to ban hydraulic fracturing, a controversial oil and gas extraction technique. Some environmental groups and farmers oppose the practice, which allows companies to extract oil trapped deep below the surface in California. Santa Barbara County also will vote on a fracking ban this November.
•Proposition 1, a water bond that Governor Jerry Brown and lawmakers are asking voters to approve that would authorize the state to borrow $7.5 billion to pay for new reservoirs, conservation, water recycling and other programs.
•the labeling of genetically engineered food, which is on the ballot in Oregon and Colorado. In California, a labeling initiative called Proposition 37 lost by a small margin in 2012. Now, labeling advocates are applying the lessons they learned in California to their campaign in Oregon.

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About KQED NEWSROOM
KQED NEWSROOM is a multiplatform program on television, radio and Web, featuring award-winning jouralists Thuy Vu and Scott Shafer. The weekly television series airs on Fridays at 8pm on KQED Public Television 9, and broadcasts on Sundays at 6pm on KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM. All episodes plus exclusive online content is available at KQEDNews.org.

About QUEST
Launched in 2007, QUEST is KQED’s award-winning, multimedia series covering science, environment and nature stories from the Bay Area and beyond. QUEST airs on Wednesdays at 7:30pm on KQED Public Television 9. All QUEST episodes and multimedia reports are available online at KQED.org/quest. Support of QUEST is provided by the National Science Foundation, The David B. Gold Foundation, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation, The Vadasz Family Foundation, George G. and Jeanette A. Stuart Charitable Trust and the members of KQED. QUEST is a project of KQED Science, the largest science and environment reporting unit in California.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.